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BY THE PEOPLE GEORGETOWN
Halcyon’s By The People--a free, city-wide arts and dialogue festival that interprets the themes of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness--is coming to Georgetown.
Check out the full schedule below, with programming throughout the month of June.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
New for 2019, By The People will include the floating installation They Are Us, Us Is Them by For Freedoms Co-Founder Hank Willis Thomas that will change location throughout the festival.
The river barge will travel up and down DC's waterways, stopping in Georgetown June 15-17, where you'll be able to get a closer look at this special festival hub from Georgetown Waterfront Park.
About Four Freedoms
Founded in 2016 by artists Hank Willis Thomas and Eric Gottesman, For Freedoms is a platform for creative civic engagement, discourse, and direct action. Inspired by American artist Norman Rockwell’s paintings of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms (1941)—freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear—For Freedoms’ exhibitions, installations, and public programs use art to deepen public discussions on civic issues and core values, and to advocate for equality, dialogue, and civic participation. As a nexus between art, politics, commerce, and education, For Freedoms aims to inject anti-partisan, critical thinking that fine art requires into the political landscape through programming, exhibitions, and public artworks.
Several pop-up performances are planned for Saturday, June 15 and Sunday, June 16 in Georgetown Waterfront Park as part of the river barge installation experience.
Saturday, June 15 / 3 - 3:30 pm: Culture Shock.
Culture Shock® DC is a non-profit Hip Hop dance organization committed to the enrichment, education, and entertainment of those in the DC, Maryland, Virginia dance community. They are a troupe of individuals, who through the power of music and dance, cultivate self-worth, dignity, and respect for ALL people.
Saturday, June 15 / 4 - 4:45 pm & June 16 / 2 - 2:45 pm: Emma G.
Musical powerhouse Emma G. brings an afternoon of edgy tones and gutsy lyrics to the Georgetown Waterfront in a unique combination of soul-pop and rock.
Saturday, June 15 / 5 - 6 pm: What is Left Behind: is this Freedom?
In this large scale performance, featuring a DC-based choir, Stephanie Mercedes will pay homage to the waterways and what freedom looks like in the United States. Through repeating the chorus “Freedom” from popular songs in a call and response format, and engaging the audience, the performers will meditate on the fact that the US navy leaves empty ammo rounds in the ocean. This work is a continuing series of waterway voice performances which began at Transformer's Siren Arts Residency; each are calls to action against violence at sea.
Stephanie Mercedes is a Washington, DC-based artist who melts down weapons and bullet casings confiscated by the D.C. police into musical installations and art objects. Mercedes hopes to transform the materiality of violence into into opposite. She strongly believes in the power of music to both heal and as a call to action. She has been funded by Open Society's George Soros and Lights Works. She was an artist in residence at the Halcyon Art Labs, VisArts and Transformer Gallery and has exhibited and performed at the Bronx Museum, Queens Museum and the Smithsonian. (Photo credit: Stephanie Mercedes, 2018, Contrapposto, Transformer's Siren Art Residency Program)
Sunday, June 16 / 3 - 3:45 pm: No Free with Halim Flowers.
No Free is a popup spoken word performance by local poet and author Halim A. Flowers. The No Free performance is inspired by the ‘Four Freedoms’ speech of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, the For Freedoms artist-run platform for civic engagement created by Hank Willis Thomas, and the lyrics from hip-hop artists Jay-Z and Meek Mill in their rap song ‘What’s Free’. With his poetry, Halim explores the illusive concept of freedom in the land of the free that simultaneously has the most human beings incarcerated in the world. His performance will examine the dichotomy of the four freedoms that President Franklin Roosevelt advocated for – the freedom of speech and worship and the freedom from want and fear – versus the reality for those who since the founding of our nation have never felt liberated to partake in these elusive freedoms.